Downsizing your home can be beneficial no matter what stage of life you are in. Having all that extra stuff can feel cumbersome and overwhelming. In our latest post, we discuss easy ways to downsize your house without all the stress.
Too much of one thing can be a bad thing. That’s what you’ll find when your own home becomes too big for just you, and all the things that are crammed into it start weighing on your mind. For many people who have bought homes in their 20s or early 30s as they started families, this often means living out the rest of their days with more space than needed to keep up appearances from previous years; not really using any part of it because everything is so far away from each other no matter where they go inside them.
Below we offer some great tips for downsizing, making it easier to sell when you are ready.
Tip #1 – The One Year Rule
You might have heard this rule for your closets. Turn all the hangers backward, and anything still backwards in a year should be given away. These are the items you don’t wear or use anymore that take up valuable real estate in your closet – try to keep these things limited to sentimental pieces like old photos, pictures of loved ones, favorite dresses from past years etcetera rather than large piles of stuff just taking up space but not being used at all! You can also apply this rule to other clutter-prone areas of our house such as kitchen gadgets/craft supplies/old DVD’s if they haven’t been touched in over a year then chances are low it will get any use again anytime soon so donate them instead!
Tip #2 – Repurpose And Give
You likely have many things you are keeping due to sentimental value. While it is more than ok to hang on to some of this stuff, having too much can weigh you down. Maybe your kids or grandkids would love to have your old Christmas ornaments that are lying around in the closet. Things such as old toys, clothes, and artworks can find new homes with people you love. This way you can find joy in knowing they are being used and loved, without taking up storage space in your house.
Tip #3 – Look Through All The Boxes
You likely have many things you are keeping due to sentimental value. While it is more than ok to hang on to some of this stuff, having too much can weigh you down! You need space for the new and exciting items in your life – like those old toys that were so important when we were a child but now take up an entire room all by themselves? It’s time they find their way into someone else’s home where they will be loved just as dearly – or even better because there won’t be any guilt attached with letting them go! And who knows, maybe someday our kids would love these other heirlooms from us if we don’t pass away before then.
Tip #4 – Assess Your Furniture
Do you need the massive sectional sofa anymore? Is your giant coffee table still a necessity? Think about what kind of items will fit nicely in your future new space. You can ditch the entertainment center, and instead hang up that TV on an elegant wall mount. And with all those extra spaces for more furniture, you’ll have to buy something else!
Tip #5 – Digitize Where It Makes Sense
Piles of papers all over the house. Does this sound familiar? It seems we all have a stack of paper, or 5 that will go unread for eternity. Make time to organize your mess now and toss anything you no longer need (or want). If old bills are required by law-scan them in! You can also opt out from receiving any future statements as well which means less clutter throughout your home space at least until it piles up again because life happens but then just deal with what comes in when there’s room for storage even if its 10 minutes per day instead of waiting until tomorrow like so many others do.
Tip #6 – Get Rid Of The Dupes
You know those times when you think to yourself, “Do I need one of these or do I just want it?” We’ve all been there. But what if we were more mindful and intentional about the things that are taking up space in our houses? What would happen with your closets, cabinets, dressers and other storage spaces if you took an inventory of every item inside them? And then made a plan for which items should be donated (or sold)? You’ll save time on sorting through everything because now instead of wondering whether something will get used again – you have already decided.
Tip #7 – Organize Everything
As you prepare to move, take the time to organize your belongings. Group books and glassware into separate boxes from clothing, shoes, towels – everything else that doesn’t fit in a box will be placed on shelves or drawers within each room. Label all of these boxes so it’s easy for movers when they come around!
Tip #8 – Hire A Pro
Many people don’t know this but there is a way to completely get rid of clutter . That is by hiring a professional organizer. They will help you clear out your space, make decisions about what needs to stay and go where needed for every situation, they can also offer an objective opinion if there are things you aren’t sure whether or not you really want anymore. A move becomes much easier when everything has been organized so that it’s easy-to find and put away in its designated spot!